Mike Pagliarulo
Mike Pagliarulo 2011.jpg
Pagliarulo in 2011
Third baseman
Born: (1960-03-15) March 15, 1960 (age 62)
Medford, Massachusetts
Batted: Left
Threw: Right
MLB debut
July 7, 1984, for the New York Yankees
Last MLB appearance
October 1, 1995, for the Texas Rangers
MLB statistics
Batting average.241
Home runs134
Runs batted in505
Career highlights and awards

Michael Timothy Pagliarulo, a.k.a. "Pags" (born March 15, 1960), is an American former professional baseball third baseman and later the hitting coach of the Miami Marlins. He played in Major League Baseball for the New York Yankees, San Diego Padres, Minnesota Twins, Baltimore Orioles, and Texas Rangers, and in Nippon Professional Baseball for the Seibu Lions.

Playing career

Pagliarulo with the Nashville Sounds in 1983
Pagliarulo with the Nashville Sounds in 1983

Pagliarulo played college baseball at the University of Miami for the Miami Hurricanes. In 1980, he played collegiate summer baseball with the Chatham A's of the Cape Cod Baseball League.[1] He was drafted by the New York Yankees in sixth round of the 1981 Major League Baseball draft.

Pagliarulo joined the parent club on July 1, 1984, and spent just over five years with the Yankees before going to the San Diego Padres in 1989. After a year and a half in San Diego, Pagliarulo moved back to the American League when he joined the Minnesota Twins just before the start of the 1991 season. It was with Minnesota that Pagliarulo won his only World Series championship as the starting third baseman in 1991. Pagliarulo remained with Minnesota for the following 1992 season and part of the 1993 season. He was acquired by the Orioles on August 15, 1993, in a transaction that was completed the following day when Erik Schullstrom was sent to the Twins. At the time, the Orioles needed depth at third base with Leo Gómez on the disabled list but had been unsuccessful in its pursuit of the Cincinnati Reds' Chris Sabo.[2][3]

Pagliarulo was out of Major League Baseball during the strike-shortened 1994 season, playing the season for the Japanese league's Seibu Lions, where he was a teammate of current Lions manager Tsutomu Ito.

At the age of 35, Pagliarulo resumed his career when he signed with the Texas Rangers, where he finished his career before retiring after the 1995 season.

Coaching career

From 2013-13, Pagilarulo served as the hitting coach for Triple-A Indianapolis Indians.

In 2016, the Miami Marlins hired Pagliarulo as their hitting coach.[4] Pagilarulo was fired from that position in April 2019.[5]

Personal life

His son, Michael, was a member of the 2009 Ivy League champion Dartmouth Big Green baseball team.[6]


Pagliarulo's name is pronounced "pah-lee-ah-ROO-low". Fellow Italian-American Yankees announcer Phil Rizzuto was notably insistent upon this pronunciation.[citation needed][original research?]


  1. ^ "Major League Baseball Players From the Cape Cod League" (PDF). capecodbaseball.org. Retrieved January 9, 2020.
  2. ^ Maske, Mark. "Orioles Land Pagliarulo for Minor Leaguer," The Washington Post, Monday, August 16, 1993. Retrieved April 27, 2020
  3. ^ "Transactions," The New York Times, Tuesday, August 17, 1993. Retrieved April 27, 2020
  4. ^ Healey, Tim. "For Mike Pagliarulo, Marlins' new hitting coach, this is a job decades in the making".
  5. ^ Dusenbury, Wells. "Marlins fire hitting coach Mike Pagliarulo amid dismal offensive start". sun-sentinel.com.
  6. ^ Mike Pagliarulo Bio Official Web Site of Dartmouth Varsity Athletics

Preceded byBarry Bonds Miami Marlins hitting coach 2017-2019 Succeeded byJeff Livesey